EU4YOU – Final Seminar

The participants of our KA2 “EU4YOU – Entrepreneurship for cultYOUre” met one last time in July, in Strasbourg, France, for the final seminar of this Capacity Building project. One last meeting to reflect on the past two years, harvest the fruits of our work and evaluate the project.

The aim of this long-term project was to develop innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in particular. Youth Express Network developped this project together with partners from 3 different continents.

DAY 1

On the first day of this final seminar, the group focused on reconnecting with each other and sharing about each other’s experiences on the previous phases of the project: the 16 job shadowing and multiple workshops implemented at local level.

DAY 2

On day 2, the participants got to start the day with a visit of the European Parliament! During the afternoon, the group worked on reviewing and finalising the Toolkit, a task they continued through the week!

DAY 3

The third day of or final seminar was dedicated to Field Visits and discovering local successful initiatives! The group was welcomed by Libre Objet, an … 

DAY 4

On Day 4, the participants worked hard on finalising their toolkit! This toolkit will shortly be published on our pages, so stay tuned 😉

DAY 5 & 6

The last two days were dedicated to evaluating this two-year long project, its impact on the 8 different NGOs that took part in it, and the impact it had on the participants, youth workers and young people who got to join the initiative at any point of EU4YOU!

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This seminar closed a successful 2-year long partnership, spread over 8 countries and 3 continents! It allowed dozens of youth workers to discover the good practices of their peers, opened them to different realities, different methods and solutions… It allowed the creation of future inter-continental partnerships and resulted on the creations of a detailed toolkit, soon available to help young people develop their own projects of social and/or cultural entrepreneurship.

Thanks to all of our partners for their dedication: Active Bulgarian Society​ (Bulgaria), Active Youth (Lithuania), Bic Serrès (Greece), CSDS (Vietnam), Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru​ (Peru), International Initiatives for Cooperation (Mexico), Fundación Ses​ (Argentina).

« EntreprenEUrship for CultYOUre » is supported by
the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

EU4YOU – Job Shadowing Process

News from our KA2 “EU4YOU – Entrepreneurship for cultYOUre”. At the end of last year, the partners of our capacity building activity all took part in the job shadowing phase, welcoming and sending their participants to their partners’ countries and organisations.

This long-term project aims at developing innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social and cultural youth entrepreneurship and providing youth with tools to develop these initiatives. Over the months of October, November and December of last year, the 8 partners started the job shadowing phase of the project.

Each partner organisation both welcomed and sent 2 people to experience a job shadowing and gather content for the jointly developed toolbox. The job shadowers got to explore the various ways of implementing social and cultural entrepreneurship in the countries of the partnership: Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. You can read the various reports of these job shadowing on the website of the project.

YOUTH EXPRESS NETWORK – Job Shadowing in France

Youth Express Network received the visit of its two job shadowers from the 15th to the 26th of November. We were happy to welcome Thuy, from our Vietnamese partner Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Maximiliano, from our Argentinian partner Fundación Sustentabilidad, Educación y Solidaridad.

For them, we organised visits of local organisations and initiatives in the field of social and cultural entrepreneurship:

  • Association L’étage, French member organisation of Y-E-N, social restaurant and shelter for homeless young people
  • Week for equality and against discrimination, week-long event organised by the municipality of Strasbourg to raise awareness against hate speech and discrimination amongst children and young people (exhibition and educational activities)
  • Libre Objet, organisation aiming at helping the professional (re-)insertion of people with fewer job opportunities (disabled people, young people, elderly, people recently out of prison…). Main activity: creation of useful and decorative objects using recycled material or objects out of order.

Read the full report of Thuy and Maxi here.

Emmeline (Y-E-N office) – Job Shadowing in Mexico

Emmeline, network coordinator of Y-E-N, was welcomed by “IIC-MX – Iniciativas Internacionales para la Cooperacion Mexico”, our partner of Mexico. She flew to Mexico city and got to visit 3 initiatives in surrounding states: Xalapa, Veracruz, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro and Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo. See the full report bellow.


Margaux (Y-E-N office) – Job Shadowing in Peru

Margaux, communication officer at Y-E-N, was welcomed by the Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru, our Peruvian partner. Her job shadowing allowed her to visit two main initiatives: a cultural and youth center in the capital ciy, Lima, and a very diverse initiative in the mountain city of Palca.

Our partners for this project are:

  • Fundación Sustentabilidad, Educación y Solidaridad (Argentina)
  • Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria)
  • Business & Innovation Center of Serres (Greece)
  • Active Youth Association (Lithuania),
  • Iniciativas Internacionales para la Cooperación (Mexico)
  • Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru (Peru)
  • Center for Sustainable Development Studies (Vietnam)

The next phase of this project will be to implement local workshops in order to disseminate the knowledge gathered from the beginning of the project, using the toolkit developed by the partners.

EU4YOU is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

EU4YOU – Second seminar in Cancun, Mexico

The participants of our KA2 “EU4YOU – Entrepreneurship for cultYOUre” met again in June for the second seminar of this Capacity Building project. This time, they gathered in Cancun, Mexico, in order to continue the development of the various workshops to be implemented at local level.

The aim of this long-term project is to develop innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in particular. Youth Express Network developped this project together with partners from 3 different continents:

  • Fundación Sustentabilidad, Educación y Solidaridad (Argentina)
  • Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria)
  • Business & Innovation Center of Serres (Greece)
  • Active Youth Association (Lithuania),
  • Iniciativas Internacionales para la Cooperación (Mexico)
  • Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru (Peru)
  • Center for Sustainable Development Studies (Vietnam)

During this second seminar, the participants created 4 workshops about social entrepreneurship, cultural management, strategic planning and fundraising. They also drafted the content of a toolkit on cultural entrepreneurship and discussed together the upcoming job shadowing in each others organisations.

The job shadowings will take place during the winter, in Europe, South America and Asia. The objective of these will be to test the workshops and the toolkit before the dissemination in 2019. Stay tuned!

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EU4YOU is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

EU4YOU – Kick-off meeting in Bulgaria

Our first meeting of the year took place in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, at the end of January. It was the Kick-off meeting of our Capacity Building project “EntreprenEUrship for CultYOUre” (EU4YOU), hosted by Active Bulgarian Society (ABS). This seminar gathered social workers from 8 different organisations coming from Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam.

This international project will last for 2 years. It will allow its 8 partners to share good practices in order to develop innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship, as well as to provide them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship.

During this 7 days meeting, the participants got to know each other, the various organisations involved and the ins and outs of the project.

Together, they developed an action plan for the future months. Find here bellow a timeline of the chronological timeline of the project EU4YOU.

They also got to share some Team Building activities, meet with guests from Blagoevgrad region, visit the city and surroundings. As an introduction exercice, they developed in small groups five ideas for social enterprises which were later presented to all the partners and discussed in detail.

One of the result of the 2-year-long project will be a Toolkit on social entrepreneurship and cultural management, giving practical directions to young people on how to create, manage and sustain an enterprise.

Watch the video that was made by ABS volunteers during the seminar:

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EU4YOU is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union